ants reportedly sees the last government controlled order crossing between syria and iraq, after taking over the ancient city of palmyra. ireland has a referendum on gay marriage. those in favor say it is a vote for a quality. opponents say it threatens family values. an eu eastern partnership summit wraps up in latvia. some countries walk away disappointed. also coming up, a silicon valley
startup wants to bring luxury buses to san francisco. the company has a major roadblock to get through. william hilderbrandt has details. and -- we will have more in this hour and live from paris. molly: we begin with a developing story out of saudi arabia. a suicide bomber struck a shiite mosque in the east of the country this friday. there are a reported number of casualties. the blast struck in the al qaeda dish village -- in the al-qadeeh village. it huge -- a huge explosion at a shiite mosque in saudi arabia. estimates say there are 30
casualties people struck while praying at the mosque. more details as they come into the newsroom. now to the latest out of syria. the islamic state organization is consolidating its grip on power. the group has seized the last government held crossing on the border with iraq. that is according to a syrian monitoring. the united nations said iss -- i asked has been carrying out door to door searches looking for anyone with ties to the syrian government. some 200,000 people may have fled the recent fighting, but the u.s. as there are reports of government forces having prevented civilians from leaving . with the fall of syria's ramadi, and the fall of iraq the u.s.
remains confident that things will be turned around. >> i think it is a setback. that is a word that we have described over the course of the last week. it is the same were the president used in tuesday's briefing. when the president was reading with the chiefs of defensive coalition partners in the last year, he noted the military conflict, like others, would be characterized by days of progress and by periods of setback. molly: that is the white house press secretary speaking on the matter. clovis caselli reports on other sources of income. >> in the quest to establish a caliphate, the islamic state organization has been looking for various ways to finance the jihad. the money received from sunni donors living abroad was not enough, but the vast amounts of land seized in iraq and syria has provided them with valuable
natural resources. in iraq, this is the home to the country's largest oil refinery. there are oilfields just like ramadi that has gas also. the islamic state organization has taken control of the deir al-zor area. observers believe the jihadist group currently has around $1 million a day from the barrels they sell at a cutprice. the oil transits through neighboring countries such as turkey worth -- with smugglers. the islamic state organization can also rely on other ways to finance their operations. >> they use oil resources to traffic. there are people working on the land. the fledgling state has generous cash that gives them certain freedoms. they sees them in syria and still others from the syrian
army. >> the jihad carried out on palmyra has sparked international outrage. with fears that the unesco world heritage site could soon be destroyed, just like other ancient sites in iraq. some also see the militants selling other items abroad. it is not clear if other criminals are taking advantage of the situation. molly: voting is underway in the ireland gay marriage referendum. it is opposed by the catholic church, which has historically played a defining role in irish culture. allowing gay couples to wed would be a massive change in the country. homosexuality was only decriminalized in 1993. a motion -- abortion remains
illegal there except when the mother's life is in danger. the vote is required by law. opponents say it threatens family values, but those in favor say it is a vote for equality. >> i just think at any point in history, change which is more progressive and inclusive can help the people of a country. i think it is great for the inclusivity, and i think would be positive in general to have this positive change in ireland. >> it will be in ireland -- it will mean in ireland -- molly: the polls close at 9:00 p.m. this evening, and results will come in tomorrow. stephen carroll is on hand in dublin covering the vote for us. the eu eastern summit in latvia has wrapped up, the meeting
focused on increasing economic and political ties with the former soviet states. it was back in 2013 at this same summit that then ukrainian president viktor yannick cove which signed a partnership deal, eventually leading to his ouster and the current ukrainian crisis. for more on the summit, we go down to "france 24's" christoph you. what exactly came out of the summit? >> it was a very difficult balancing act for eu leaders in riga, that this summit was not -- at the same time, reaffirming europe plus commitment to its eastern partners. let's be absolutely honest. the conclusions of the summit look minimalist.
there is little concrete development there. this of course has led some delegations to feel disappointed. not the least, the jordans and ukrainians, who wanted to see concrete steps like the possibility for their steps -- there citizens to travel to europe without a visa. it is a bit of a mixed feeling in riga. eastern counterparts are leaving the p much empty-handed. molly: so we did see german chancellor angela merkel as well as the french president francois hollande. another was british prime minister david cameron. this was his first eu summit since his strong reelection showing, and a major issue for him is eu reform. christophe: absolutely, and the british prime minister has been playing hardball in recent weeks. he has a very strong mandate from the british voters to
renegotiate the terms of britain's eu overshift and ultimately put the result to the british vote in and in and out referendum. i asked martin schultz how he feels about britain's demands. >> the united kingdom is a member of the european union. they want to discover necessary reforms within the european union to make it more effective or socially just, more competitive. i agree this is all feasible and without mutual provocation if this goes in the direction i'm with him. if it is about split in the european union to build a group of non--euro countries fighting against the euro countries to get an advantage within the common economic area my playing
the non-euro countries against the euro country -- against the euro countries, then he will fail. christophe: tough talks, i fear. greece was also on everyone's mind, although not on the official agenda with meetings between francois hollande, angela merkel, and alexis tsipras. as a final meeting between alexis tsipras and the president of the commission. molly: christoph reporting from riga, latvia. to the united states now. a grand jury has just -- has indicted the six police officers in the death of freddie gray. state prosecutor marilyn mosby announced the revised charges the most serious including second-degree murder, which remained. >> as i previously indicated, my office conducted an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident with the death of freddie gray paris on may 1,
our investigation revealed we had sufficient probable cause to bring charges against six police officers. at our investigation has continued, additional information has been discovered and as is often the case, during an ongoing investigation charges can and should be revised based on the evidence. these officers, who are presumed innocent until proven guilty are now scheduled to be arraigned on july second. molly: freddie gray's neck was broken while he was placed into a police van. it is said -- the officers' lawyers say they did nothing wrong. they are scheduled to appear july 2. an offshore oral -- an offshore oil pipeline rupture earlier in the week. offshore waters are polluted
your santa barbara in california. local officials say he could be the largest oil spill in 46 years to hit that ecologically sensitive area. it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition. washington has given tunisia the status of non-nato ally to recognize the country's democratic progress after the 2011 arab spring uprising. the leaders of the two countries met at the white house thursday. naomi lloyd has details. naomi: the first visit of their president to the white house since in power last december. the two leaders underscore indifferent ship between the countries. a special state has given -- a special status has been given to tunisia of a non-nato ally. president obama: an important recognition that we give to the security and the diplomat relation with tunisia, i
indicated to the president might -- my intention to designate tunisia as a non-nato ally of the united states. naomi: in december it held its first free presidential election since independence from france in 1956. >> we have a long way ahead of us to complete a democratic system. there is a lot to be done. the process is always fragile between parties that do not believe in democracy, as well as our environment which could pose a threat to the democrat priceless -- to the democratic process. naomi: the two men talk security, counterterrorism in the region, and libya becoming a failed state. and the $500 million loan for structural economic reforms. it wants to see tunisia complete.
molly: on the french riviera the focus shifted from cinema and the cannes festival to charity. an auction raised 30 million euros for aids research. in monumental sculpture was completed by the world's most lucrative living artist. it sold for 12 million euros. the cannes film festival enters its final weekend. "france 24's" film critic. >> it is in english and it stars tim roth as a terminal care nurse. the director's inspiration was when his own grandmother suffered a pretty serious stroke toward the end of her life and she relied on a woman who came and took care of all of her most incident -- intimate needs and in the end got to know grandma better than the director than
some of the directors disappeared. she was becoming very attached to patients who by definition were all going to die, would have to for them and then go on to the next terminal patient and do it again. so it is kind of chronically depressed, hence the title "chronic." another interesting one, "valley of love," starring gerard depp or go -- gerard depardieu. one member of the couple commits suicide, and he promises he will manifest himself in, of all places, death valley. lots of fans, very hot, kind of dangerous, and they agreed to go on the trip even though they believe there is no ashe stadium not believe there is a way to see their son again. and something -- an animated feature from mark osborne, who brought us "constant panda,"
based on a novel let about the things that are most important cannot be seen with the a's but must be felt with the heart. molly: that was lisa nesselson reporting from the cannes film festival. i enjoyed in the studio by william hilderbrandt for the business of a. you are starting off with an important meeting on the eu partnership meeting. >> the leaders of france germany, and greece met to discuss the greek debt crisis. germany is cautious and wants to see words backed up by action. talks have stumbled over pension cuts, labor reform, fiscal targets, and increases in fiscal attacks. they are trying to release -- to reach a deal over the forms that would release 7.2 billion euros.
let's get a quick check on the markets. the ftse is the only index up at the moment. investors have adjusted a lot of data. the german economy grew 3% versus the previous quarter. france also saw its business estimate at its highest since 2011. investors will also be looking ahead to a speech this friday from the u.s. central bank's chair, janet yellen, including when he could hike interest rates. time for a quick look in the day's company news. mazda has recalled 630,000 vehicles to -- due to the faulty airbags by takata. the company's airbags have been linked to hundreds of injuries and six deaths, and it faces multiple class-action lawsuits and investigations in north america.
nationwide says its annual pretax profit rose 54% to 1.4 billion euros. the mutual institution retained its position as you k's second-largest mortgage lender. after nine years, chief executive -- the chief executive will bow out on a high note retiring next year per hewlett-packard is selling a 51 person majority stake in its chinese security business. the $2 billion deal should be completed by the end of the year. the new firm is being touted as a leader in china for computer services and technology services. it follows eight he's decision that it follows hp's decision last year to move from pc's to services. plush leather armchairs, free wi-fi, and a bar-like countertop
for commuters, the company faces one major roadblock. >> it is meant to be the slick new smart bus shuttling people to and from work in san francisco. that they may have a tough time getting off the ground. the company is facing a legal battle with the city's transport authorities. it has been suspended from operating after failing to produce permits. they claim to offer a luxury transport service with wi-fi usb charging ports. san francisco authorities want to regulate the service, saying it is in direct competition with public buses. a ride on the public buses -- on these buses costs six dollars more expensive than the public buses, but commuters say it is worth the price. >> time is money, so getting to bank to and from work, it is worth
paying that premium. >> here if there is a lot more space. these are even spaced out. >> the company was criticized for not being accessible to wheelchairs. authorities fear the private buses will leave doing -- will lead to a two-tiered transport system, isolating rich entrepreneurs from the rest of the city. >> a newspaper got an exclusive story about how organized crime has helped france's economy. there were more than 87,000 assets seized last year coming putting boats, watches, some of which sold for 10,000 euros, and luxury cars like bentley, for our eight, and aston martin. -- for ari, and aston martin. the effect on the economy could
even grow to 15 million euros added later this year, seizing all the goods from gangsters and mobsters or i would like to get my mind -- i would like to get my hands on one of those porsches. molly: william hilderbrandt thank you. it is time for today's press review. belle lupton joins me now for a look at today's papers per we are focusing now on the reaction in france, this to the fall of the ancient syrian city of paul myra -- of palmyra. belle: we are really focused on the front pages in france. it is started with an editorial in which it says the syrian army has lost all its power, fled in the face of what are called ins -- called i.s. monsters,
strongly which. in order to force the international community to come to its rescue. there is a lot of talk of strategy today per the u.s.'s strategy against the is.s., the coalition i against i.s., or the lack thereof. molly: that being said, how is this being viewed from the states? belle: not much better at all. "the washington post" has an editorial by eugene robinson in which he asks, "why should the u.s. fight for the iraqis if they are not going to fight for themselves?" he points to images of iraqis fleeing from i.s., and robinson essentially said these guys are arming i.s. they leave these very functional bits of the enemy.
he says that in order to drive out i.s. from ramadi in iraq, it would be the regular army -- it will not be the regular army, it will be powerful shiite militia units that do this job. they are normally trained and often armed by iran. he imagines a situation where one day you might have an iranian general who could possibly be orchestrating events on the ground and might call for assistance from the u.s. to provide airstrikes. slightly weird kind of picture of what could happen. he says u.s. fought -- u.s. foreign-policy makers want to attack pluralistic, democratic iraq more than iraq is due. an article has a similar view, interview of members of some of the shiite militias. she says that these guys say that the iraq prime minister was under u.s. pressure not to allow shiite groups to intervene
obviously because iranian influence would not be that amenable to the u.s. that is why the town fell. she said the americans were not the ones who ran away, but they were the ones who held back iraqi enforcements, and that is coming from the iraqi politicians. molly: let's move closer to home and across the channel where u.k. papers are talking about one thing. what is that? belle: this time it is on the front page of "the times," and "the independent," about prime minister david cameron's whirlwind tour of europe. he is seeking to lay out the terms for britain to stay in the eu, and he wants banking from eu leaders in this, which is why he is going around europe at the moment. he is focusing on eu migration. that is internal migration, and the independent newspaper, the u.k. paper, goes into more depth with that. migration, it says, is cameron's red line. he wants to reduce migration in
the eu because at the moment the states have very little control over that. he says he has a mandate from the u.k. people for sweeping you form -- free -- for sweeping reform or he has promised an in-out referendum to the eu to the british people. the papers are asking if he will bring that forward. all of this after a report showing that migration in the eu has swelled. 80 -- nearly 86,000 people came to britain from other eu countries looking for work. they did not already have jobs and they were looking for jobs. cameron says that means freedom of movement is being abused. "the telegraph" has a nice cartoon that sums it up comically. there is an immigration officer here who is saying i found the immigration minister hiding in the back of that lori. he is trying to flee. the immigration minister in the
u.k.'s impossible task is summed up by that. molly: another top story is ireland's gay marriage referenda. belle: this is another referendum, this time on gay marriage. ireland would be the 20th country to do this if it does pass. this is extraordinary for a country that is very catholic to potentially be passing a bill on gay marriage. we have to remember that, of course, it was only in 1983 that homosexuality was he criminalized -- was decriminalized. what a step forward that is in a short period of time, in just over 20 years. the irish independent says it will be the youth who decide this vote. people are turning out, not quite sure. there have been murmurs throughout the press, a fear on both sides as to which way the referendum goes, even though in the run-up, it is thought that it will pass. then we have a lovely story from "the australian," showing how the ripples are going all away
across the world. in irish expatriate living in australia has flown all the way home to vote in that referendum today. molly: we heard from stephen carroll saying how all the flights out of paris heading toward ireland, there are barely any seats because so many people are going home to take part in that vote. very interesting. we will have results expected tomorrow. belle lupton. for more you can log onto our website,